If all that summer sun and sweat took a toll on your skin, it’s time to de-gunk and freshen up. The good news is you don’t have to drop a small fortune on a pricey spa to do it. Joanna Vargas, Celebrity Facialist and Founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection, created these skin reviving masks that you can whip up right in your kitchen. Let the glow up begin.
1. The Pore Shrinking Maskpixabay.com
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 cup mashed strawberry
1/4 cup honey
Why it works: Yogurt is a moisturizing skin calmer that contains lactic acid to help slough off dead skin. Strawberries have skin brightening, oil-fighting Vitamin C, and honey is a skin-clearing anti-bacterial.
How to work it: Mix these skin soothing, pore tightening ingredients together and apply to your face and neck; leave on for five minutes. If you want to add some extra exfoliation, add two tablespoons of almond power and scrub it onto the skin as you apply, spending extra time on your t-zone, where most blackheads are found.
2. The Brightening Maskpixabay.com
1/2 a banana, mashed
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp matcha powder
1 tbsp olive oil
Why it works: Both matcha and turmeric have amazing anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. Olive oil boosts your skin’s elasticity and is a powerful anti-oxidant. Banana leaves your skin feeling firmer, and creates a radiant glow because of its high content of vitamins and minerals.
How to work it: Mix all ingredients together, leave on for 10 minutes. Remove with a warm cloth.
3. The Acne Correcting Maskpixabay.com
1/4 cup yogurt
3 tbsp aloe
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp almond meal
Why it works: Yogurt and aloe are both anti-bacterial and soothe irritated skin. Yogurt’s lactic acid helps exfoliate skin and dry out breakouts. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which has natural antibacterial properties and almond meal is also a gentle exfoliant, which helps remove dead skin cells. All of these ingredients together will help to combat acne and leave your skin super hydrated.
How to work it: Mix all ingredients together, apply to skin and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Remove with a warm washcloth.